PIL seeks full marks to Std 12 math students

An author of books on Mathematics has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Gujarat High Court,objecting to certain questions in Class XII Mathematics Board question paper that were “incorrect” and not as per the general guidelines of the Gujarat Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Board.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 30, 2012 2:17 am

An author of books on Mathematics has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Gujarat High Court,objecting to certain questions in Class XII Mathematics Board question paper that were “incorrect” and not as per the general guidelines of the Gujarat Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Board.

The PIL seeks to give 100 per cent marks to the students who appeared in the examination or to conduct a re-examination of the subject.

Acting on the petition,a division bench of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala has asked the petitioner and the board to suggest names of experts of mathematics to look into the matter.

The petitioner has been identified as Dhiru Patel from Ghatlodia area. Patel has moved the PIL with reference to the question paper examination of which was conducted on March 14. He has contended the question paper contained apparent mistakes and incorrect questions of 12 marks.

Patel said a guideline gets issued to the paper setter for setting the questions for such examination and such guideline would be available to the students,which helps them in preparation for examinations. However,the Mathematics question paper was not as per the instructions set out in the guidelines to the extent of 44 marks.

“So much was the instruction not adhered to,that question at no 52 was copied and picked up from the paper of All India Engineering Entrance Exam,” Patel said in the petition. “…in spite of such apparent mistakes and errors,the respondent board has not taken any steps or published any information for the steps to be undertaken by them in such mistakes,” he added.

Highlighting importance of Class XII examination in a student’s career,the petitioner said,“The future of a child and his career is dependent upon the result of this examination. Difference of a single mark would matter to the student who has worked hard for his future.”

He has cited a recent incident wherein a 17-year-old girl committed suicide as her class XII board exams did not go well.

Petitioner advocate Digant Popat said the court has asked Patel and the board to suggest names of experts of Mathematics to look into the matter. “The court intends to appoint a committee of these experts on Friday to look into the matter,” Popat said.

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